Is Howard Coble the sexiest bachelor in Congress?

Posted by Megan Cassella on January 15, 2014 

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Waving to his supporters, 6th District Congressman Howard Coble announces his decision not to seek re-election during a ceremony at the Guilford County Republican Party headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Coble, 82, said he's mentally sharp, but recent back problems and skin cancer worry him about whether he can keep up with a 2014 campaign. He is the longest-serving GOP House member in North Carolina history.

H. SCOTT HOFFMANN — AP

Greensboro U.S. Rep. Howard Coble gained a new title this week when BuzzFeed named him Congress’ sexiest bachelor.

The popular website – which first featured Coble last month in a post titled “Why Howard Coble is 7 million times more bada-- than your congressman” – has now placed the 82-year-old representative atop its list of the eight sexiest bachelors in Congress.

“He is a ladies man,” the website stated, by way of explanation of Coble’s appeal, “and a total stud.” Coble is featured on the site alternately wearing a pale blue-and-green plaid jacket, holding a red Solo cup in front of his tractor and throwing the first pitch at a Greensboro Grasshoppers game.

The trendy, youthful website also acknowledged the contrast between Coble’s age and the age of its readers, noting: “The 82-year-old congressman ... has been serving Greensboro, N.C., since before you were born.”

Coble, a Republican, was featured on the list alongside Florida freshman U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy – “a wall of a man” – and Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who “looks great in various shades of khaki.” Even Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, once the youngest member of Congress who is featured shirtless five times, didn’t measure up to Coble on BuzzFeed’s list.

Ed McDonald, Coble’s chief of staff, sent around a link to the article, touting the legislator’s second BuzzFeed mention in two months.

“And he is #1!” McDonald wrote.

Coble will take his crown and retire at the end of this term.

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